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New books

By Stephen Luntz

Your guide to new science books this month.

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The Best Australian Science Writing 2012

Edited by Elizabeth Finkel, New South Publishing, $29.99

After starting the Best Australian Science writing series in 2011, New South Publishing has introduced the Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing. The winner of this prize, along with other entries, are included in this volume, including pieces by prominent writers such as Julian Cribb, Margaret Wertheim and Nobel Prize winner Brian Schmidt. Peter McAllister’s cover story for Australasian Science’s May 2011 edition was announced as a runner up on 22 November 2012.

The Practical Skywatcher’s Handbook

David H. Levy and John O’Byrne, Allen & Unwin, $35.00

The arrival of summer makes for shorter nights, but also much more pleasant ones for observing the stars. Prof John O’Byrne of the University of Sydney’ School of Physics combines with David Levy, co-discoverer of the Shoemaker-Levy comet that collided with Jupiter in full view of the world, to provide a guide for the watchers of the southern skies.

Flood Country: An Environmental History of the Murray-Darling Basin

Emily O’Gorman, CSIRO Publishing, $49.95

The Murray-Darling Basin’s ecology depends on floods, but the damage from large events, and the quest for water during dry years, has created a network of...

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